Latin American Studies Major, BA

Campus: NYC


Latin American Studies (LAS) is an interdisciplinary program of course offerings from eight liberal arts and social science departments. Its purpose is the development of versatile bilingual professionals and area specialists who are equipped to meet the challenges of globalization, including a complex economy for which specialization in a single, technical field is insufficient. To complete this 36-credit major, students select courses from various subject areas:

  • Language Proficiency,
  • History,
  • Literature,
  • Culture,
  • Economy, and
  • Society.

Note:  Students wishing to double major may share a maximum of credits in a second Dyson BA major as follows:

  • Modern Languages & Cultures (21);
  • Language, Culture & World Trade (21);
  • History (15);
  • Economics (6).

Major Completion Summary

Requirement Credits
University Core Requirements 44-55
Major Requirements 36
Open Electives 37-48
Total Credits 128

University Core Requirements (44-55 Credits)

See complete University Core requirements.

University Core
Complete University Core Requirements44-55
Total Credits44-55

Major Requirements (36 Credits)

Required Major Course
LAS 101The Other "America": Introduction to Latin American Studies6
Major Electives
Language Proficiency 1
Select two of the following:6
Spanish for Native Speakers
Intensive Review of Spanish
Intermediate Spanish Conversation
Intermediate Spanish Composition
History
Select two 3-credit courses or one 6-credit course:6
Latin America: The Colonial Era
Modern Latin America
Latin America: Century of Social Change and Revolution
South American Colossus: The History of Modern Brazil
Service and Study in Latin America
Latin America: The Caribbean and the World
Luz, Camara, Accion! : Film as Mirror of Social Change in Latin American History and Culture
"So Far from God; So Close to Uncle Sam:" Modern Mexico in History and Literature
Environmental Policy and History: South American Rain Forest
Literature
Select two 3-credit courses or one 6-credit course:6
Modern Latin American Divas: Female Political, Social and Cultural Leadership in the Republican Era
Caribbean Transnational Cultures: The History, Literature and Film of the Spanish Caribbean
American Voices
Topic: Contemporary Brazilian Literature and Culture
Topic: Borders of Latino/a Identity: An Introduction to Latino/a Literature and Culture of the US
Perspectives on America: The Experience of Latina Writers
Masterpieces of Spanish American Literature I
Masterpieces of Spanish American Literature II: Dictatorships
Literature and Culture of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean
Modern Latin American Prose
The Short Story and Essay in Spanish America
Hispanic Literature and Culture in the United States
Seminar: Love and Repression in Modern Latin American and Caribbean Literature and Film
Topic: Latin American Literature and Film of the 21st Century: The Andean World
Culture
Select one of the following:3
Traditional and Modern Cultures of Latin America and Caribbean
Art History: Modern Art
Topic: Hispanic Cultural Experiences in New York City
Topic: Negotiating Border Lines - Latino Films of the United States
Latin American Cinema
Introduction to Latin American Culture
Latin American Theatre
The Culture of Mexico
Society, the Economy, and Civic Engagement
Select two 3-credit courses or one 6-credit course: 6
Political Economy of Developing Nations
Service and Study in Latin America
Latin America: The Caribbean and the World
Environmental Policy and History: South American Rain Forest
Latin Immigration to the USA: Perspectives on the United States' Largest Ethnic Minority
Additional Elective
Select any 3-credit course not already taken from above groups.3
Total Credits36

Open Electives (37-48 Credits)

Open Electives
Select 37-48 credits 137-48
Total Credits37-48